Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 219,070,000 with more than 4,541,000 deaths reported.
Australia has reported more than 1,000 new daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 as the seven-day rolling average of cases continues to rise.
Authorities have implemented strict lockdown measures in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, which are home to Sydney and Melbourne respectively, to reduce the local transmissions of Covid-19.
Australia’s ‘zero-covid’ strategy has been successful in the past, but a lower vaccination rate compared to European countries and the highly contagious Delta variant are driving the spread of the coronavirus.
Australians are also beginning to experience quarantine fatigue after enduring multiple periods of strict stay-at-home measures.
The current strategy in Australia is to vaccinate the majority of the population before loosening the strict lockdown measures.
In the UK, where children are preparing to begin the school year, cases of Covid-19 in children and adolescents are expected to rise.
This will be driven by the Delta variant as they return to in-person schooling with no specific mitigation measures such as mask mandates.
Although the UK has been quite successful in vaccinating adults, vaccination coverage in children and adolescents has been negligible.
For children younger than 12, there is no authorized vaccine, whereas vaccination for 12-15 years has not started yet.
The UK is an outlier as other European countries such as France, Spain, and Italy have started vaccinating 12-15 years age group children.
Bishal Bhandari, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData